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Wuhan-3 Gorges Dam
Information sheets on Fengdu and
Zigui - provided by the cruise tour
Our first stop on
the river is Fengdu Ghost
a large complex of shrines, temples and monasteries (about 700)
dedicated to the afterlife located on Mingshan Hill.
to legend, Fengdu got its name of Ghost city during the Eastern
Han Dynasty when
two imperial officials, Yin Changsheng and Wang Fangping, came to Ming
mountain to practice Taoism and in the process became immortals.
The combination of their names, Yinwan, means "King of Hell"
and that was the beginning of the site's focus on the underworld. Many
of the temples and shrines show paintings and sculptures of people
being tortured for their sins.
Located at the
exit of Xiling Gorge,
city was upstream to the west and was abandoned in 2001-2002
(after we visited). It is now submerged under the waters of the
reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam. A stop at Zigui city for
the night where we enjoyed a cultural show on shore.
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